speakers

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 971

Scott has a couple questions about home theater setups in basements.

Stanford wants to know how to connect wireless headphones to his HDTV. Scott says there's always a minijack that allows you to plug headphones in. But you'll likely need an adapter which lets you plug it in. It'll be analog, but it'll work great.

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 969

This week, the Giz Wiz brings along the EpiShock, a small surface vibration speaker device that plugs into any music source with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Simply put Epishock down on any hard flat surface like a desk or table and you will be amazed by the sound quality. It has a volume control and comes with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery providing 6+ hours of playtime. You can daisy chain them, and according to the company, the more you plug in the louder they can get.

Why does my TV keep turning back on after I turn it off?

Vizio

Episode 968

Lee from Colton, CA

Lee recently bought a Vizio 55" TV. However, frequently when he turns the TV off, it will either stay on or turn back on again. Leo says the TV probably senses the signal loss and then just stays on. It's perfectly normal and Leo suggests going into the TV menu settings to make sure it's set to turn off when the cable box goes off.

Dick DeBartolo "The Giz Wiz"

Episode 963

This week's gadget is The Matrix Audio Qube. The QUBE is small enough to fit pocket or computer carry case and loud enough to let you enjoy movies on your laptop when you travel. It’s also perfect to listen to music or audio books in the hotel room. The QUBE has a built in rechargeable battery that offers up to 8 hours of continuous playback. You can recharge it via USB in about 2 hours. It comes with a carrying case and a combo cable.

Why won't my TV volume control adjust the volume of my external speakers?

Samsung HD TV

Episode 936

Matthew from Columbia, MD

Leo says to try using the headphone out of the TV. The optical connection will work as well, but he needs to tell the TV in settings to control it. Some TV models don't support it, though, so it depends on the TV.

By default, most TV's only send line level when using HDMI or optical out because the manufacturer assumes that the user has an A/V receiver that they are adjusting the volume on.

What are the best wireless speakers?

Polk Audio SurroundBar IHT 6000

Episode 927

John from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

John has a two story house and he wants to install wireless speakers. Scott says that floor standing or bookshelf speakers would be ideal, but absent that, Scott says that On-Wall speakers will work. That way, he can mount them. Axiom makes a good wireless speaker system, but Ross says there's really no such thing as a true wireless speaker. Not only do speaker wires provide the sound, but they also power the speaker. So a wireless speaker still needs power and that means a plug for each speaker.